Close contact for West Norfolk in their win at Lowestoft & Yarmouth.

RUGBY UNION: West Norfolk had to battle hard for a London League victory at Lowestoft & Yarmouth.

They saw off the Eastern Counties 3 bottom team 32-3 but had to dig deep to see off a physical home team in tough conditions to make it three wins out of three in 2018.

It left captain and man of the match Paul Bridges well pleased and he said: “We always knew this would be a tough journey despite their league position and they made us work hard for our points.

“The first half was especially tough playing into the weather conditions and having to make early changes due to the injury to Lee Parry.

“However, we stuck at it and tried to play to our strengths using our scrum as a base, which again performed excellently.

“In the second half I was proud of how we maintained our composure and continued to apply pressure, resulting in four tries. Days like this show how far we have come over the last two years after having to rebuild the squad. We are now gelling as a team and I look forward to what the rest of the season may hold.”

West took an early lead when Olly Denton kicked a penalty into the corner and a driving maul saw hooker Christian Newton-Walters touch down.

Lowestoft kicked a penalty after West were found to be offside and further pressure from the hosts brought some courageous defending on West’s 5m line from Rory O’Sullivan and Adam Fox.

West full back Mark Tillbrook broke through for his team’s second try to give the visitors a 10-3 half-time advantage.

A pushover try was touched down by No.8 Edney Costa and from that solid platform, the West backs began to play more freely.

Wingers Alex Singleton and Stephen Aspery exploited space behind the home backs, eventually resulting in a try for Dave Evans.

From the restart, patience and quick hands allowed Evans to break down the line, offloading to Singleton to score again, converted by Rob Whiteley.

In similar fashion, Evans then showed great strength in powering over the line after some good handling by Denton for his second try.

West finished strongly with some aggressive defending from Ben Flores backed up by prop Luke Covell while Bridges and Costa continued to carry well to see out the match for a solid away win.

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